Chip shop still shut af­ter blaze

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A pop­u­lar chip shop is still closed nearly four weeks af­ter a fire badly dam­aged the build­ing.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the Sin­gle­ton Fish Bar in the Sin­gle­ton Cen­tre, off Hox­ton Close, just be­fore 3.30pm on Sun­day, March 12.

Crews dis­cov­ered smoke com­ing from the premises, with the ground floor of the two-storey prop­erty well alight. It has been left se­verely dam­aged.

Fire­fight­ers with breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus tack­led the blaze with a main jet and two high-pres­sure hose reel jets by 5pm.

The fire is be­ing treated as ac­ci­den­tal and is be­lieved to have been caused by an elec­tri­cal fault. Two men were treated by paramedics as a pre­cau­tion for the ef­fects of breath­ing in smoke, but were not se­ri­ously hurt.

The fish bar shut­ters have been down since the in­ci­dent. A sign on the build­ing, which has since been re­moved, said: “We are closed due to the fire. We are hop­ing to open soon. Sorry for any in­con­ve­nience caused.”

The KE has tried to con­tact the shop for com­ment but has re­ceived no re­ponse. It is not known when the shop will re­open.

Sin­gle­ton Fish Bar is still shut

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